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Skelia is an international leader in building cross-border IT and engineering organizations and affiliate companies in Eastern-Europe. For over a decade, we have provided staff augmentation services to a diverse range of clients—from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. We operate in Luxembourg, the UK, the Netherlands, Ukraine, Poland, and the US.

 

  • Business Model. Your company—your rules

We build cross border organizations as an extension of local teams and allow our clients to optionally acquire a team as a spinoff company. No volume requirements - you start with the minimum number of employees and scale-up. The open-book pricing model applies to all profiles. You stay in control of your team and your budget.

  • Dedicated Team

The teams are organized according to the desired tech stack following all your requirements. 

  • Team Transfer

We give our clients the opportunity to spin-off and transfer their Skelia team into a fully customer-owned legal entity.

  • Expertise

Skelia has built more than 100 teams for European and US companies in multiple fields, including:

  • Software development
  • CRM/ERP implementations
  • QA & testing
  • Product R&D
  • 24/7 Operations

On-demand services :

  • TestLab for Apps: We test web, desktop and mobile applications.
  • Mobile Studio: We create engaging mobile experience.
  • Staff Relocation: We relocate IT and engineering talent.

To explore more, please visit: http://skelia.com/

 
$5,000+
 
$25 - $49 / hr
 
250 - 999
 Founded
2008
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Lviv, Ukraine
headquarters
other locations

Portfolio

Client Testimonials - Full IT lifecycle services & 24/7 support for RealDolmen

RealDomen, a leading ICT company in Belgium has cooperated with Skelia for over 5 years. In this short and to the point video, you’ll see Dominique Pierard, Operations Manager Nearshore sharing the details of their collaboration with Skelia—and why he “appreciates the collaboration very much”. Watch to get a better perspective of how it’s like working with Skelia!

Client Testimonial - Strategic Partnership with c-Quilibrium

c-Quilibrium is a Belgian fin-tech company. After cooperation with Skelia for over 2 years, in this short video, you see Steven Hackars, the Founder and Product Director of the company sharing his amazing positive experience working with Skelia—and why they “decided to reorganize their company in such a way that they would outsource all future development activities to Skelia”.

Client Testimonial - Engineering Center for Agidens

Check out how we helped Agidens to rapidly scale their business and why they have chosen Skelia.

“We were looking for an opportunity abroad which could build us a back office with good technical profiles. Skelia knows very well what we are doing. They are tailoring the selection of the candidates to our needs. The technical

level is remarkably high, so we were very pleasantly surprised with the profiles we were presented. And the work ethic was very close to the work ethics we have.

In general, it is both the recruiting, the housing and the HR support that makes us happy. We are doing this for over a year and a half, almost two years now, and I can say that we now have all systems in place, good communication, good workflow here", says Guillaume Hallaert, Hardware Team Leader, Agidens.

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AI and Big Data to reveal real-time car choices

Find.me is a Belgian digital platform that aggregates all available data about a specific product and then provides recommendations to users based on their profiles.

Skelia helped to build Find.me’s Data Science model right from scratch. This model contained a mixture of analytic approaches for Find.me/mycar:

1. Analysis and processing of static, content-based models;

2.

Dynamic, collaborative filtering models for individual items, based on user actions and preferences;

3. Dynamic, collaborative filtering models for subcategories, based on user actions and preferences;

4. A rule-based model that.

At present, the basic platform for car search with virtual assistance is complete and successfully launched on the market. Find.me/mycar helps people to easily find the best option for their future car and it saves them tons of hours they would have needed to spend on the internet. They get a personalized offer, based on a proprietary developed matching algorithm.

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A unique microservice architecture for a Cloud-based smart irrigation platform

ETwater, a Jain Irrigation company, has over fifteen years of experience working with the largest businesses, municipalities, and HOAs in the US to reduce and optimize water consumption. It is the only smart irrigation company with a patent to centrally process big data to implement predictive watering schedules based on plant types, soil and slope conditions, and environmental

factors.

 

Skelia’s partnership with ETwater started in 2014, and the two companies sparked a partnership that has been active for 6 years now.

Skelia’s mission was to transition the ETwater platform from the monolith architecture to microservices and deploy it on Amazon Cloud. The team was in charge of architecture design and core system development for a smart irrigation platform that manages water flow through controllers.

 

Skelia successfully developed a new cloud-based microservice solution for the client. All major enterprise accounts successfully transitioned their water management to the new platform and were excited about the enhanced functionality and cost savings. 

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Travel companion app to enhance clients' journeys

Our client is a leading European travel company, selling around 1.6 million trips annually. As a member of one of the most prominent leisure travel groups in the world, our customer is supported by 21,000 employees and serves over 22 million customers annually. The company includes five large tour operators in different countries, a hotel company owning three hotel chains, and their own airlines.

 

By the time our

cooperation started, our customer had already been using a travel campaign app that provided useful information for people who’ve booked a trip. They wanted to develop new features for the app to improve the customer experience at each step of the journey.

 

With the help of Skelia, our client has successfully introduced new features in mobile apps, providing better support for holidaymakers. The core modules that improved the travel experience most were:

                         

  • Easy and convenient online сheck-in; 
  • Hospitality mobile access; 
  • Customer service and customer satisfaction. 

 

By introducing a better travel experience, our client improved business indicators across every customer touchpoint of the mobile channels.

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Dev Staff Augmentation for Translation Software Business

"They are one of the best teams our company has worked with."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
4.5
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Apr. 2019 - Apr. 2020
Project summary: 

Skelia has provided development staff augmentation services for several projects. Their work has involved custom development, bug fixes, and frontend development.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Luxembourg
CTO & Co-Founder, Translation Software Business
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Throughout the partnership, Skelia provided top-quality code and helped to improve internal processes. In addition to having exceptional communication skills and always being transparent, the team was able to produce good work while adhering to deadlines. Overall, they were incredibly professional.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the CTO and co-founder of a company that builds translation software for larger organizations.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Skelia?

We hired them to join our development team.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Skelia works on different tasks. Their involvement has evolved over time. For example, they’ve worked on custom development requests from our clients and bug fixes. For the past two months, they’ve been working on a web-based translation interface. The team is doing frontend development.

What is the team composition?

We work with four teammates including two developers and two QA specialists.

How did you come to work with Skelia?

Somebody in Luxembourg, where we are based, recommended Skelia. We did interviews with the two developers on their team and we were impressed.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent between $160,000–$215,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working with Skelia about one year ago. Our contract will be terminated at the end of April 2020.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement? 

We’ve been extremely satisfied with their work, both that of the developers and the QA teammates. They are one of the best teams our company has worked with. They provide test-driven development, proper documentation, consistent creation of uni-testing, and consistent refactoring of code when required. 

The team is also able to produce high-quality code. We are a small company and Skelia is used to working with big corporations. So, they actually helped us to improve the overall quality of our operations. We learned a lot from them.

How did Skelia perform from a project management standpoint?

We assigned them tasks every 2–4 weeks. What was special about Skelia’s team is that they are extremely professional. They understood how to work with deadlines in mind. The team had very strong communication skills, so we had no problem integrating them with our customer success team. They did a good job of informing us of anything that prevented them from coming to work.

What did you find most impressive about them?

We’ve worked with other development companies and it was quite difficult. However, with Skelia, the process was very smooth even though they are an outsourced company. They were really part of our team and were honest.

Are there any areas they could improve?

At one point in time, we wanted to consolidate our teams, moving from four to three companies. We also wanted to scale up at Skelia. When it came to hiring new people with Skelia, we did some interviews. 

However, some of the candidates we met didn’t meet the requirements we had provided in advance. The pre-screening of candidates could’ve been improved, which I talked to them about. 

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Getting in contact with Skelia, in my experience, will guarantee your success. Their management was very professional and flexible. The team was also very open to discussion and transparency when it came to cost. Their business and pricing models were very good.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 4.5 NPS
    Willing to refer

App Dev for Large Travel Firm

"The Skelia team was self-driven."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Feb. 2015 - Jan. 2020
Project summary: 

Skelia was responsible for developing a travel-companion app for a major vacation company. A team of 20 developers worked to deliver platforms that're integrated with the client's larger service offering.

The Reviewer
 
10,000+ Employees
 
Stockholm, Sweden
Technical Development Manager, Travel & Vacation Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Skelia delivered iOS and Android apps that have received stellar ratings in both app stores. The app's retention rate was also high, where users were more likely to book trips with the client after its usage. The Skelia team maintained great communication and was flexible about stretching resources.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I worked at Thomas Cook as Technical Development Manager for teams with developers in Sweden, Ukraine and London. Thomas Cook had approx. 20 million travellers in 2019 worldvide.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Skelia?

We decided to scale up with development in Ukraine when it was difficult to find developers in London and Stockholm. Skelia was already used for web development in UK and we decided to start mobile app development in Ukraine with Skelia as partner.

What were your goals for this project?

The goal was to get 50% of our users to download and use our mobile app on the vacation trip with Thomas Cook. We also wanted to increase number of sold trips, hotel ancillaries and flight seating.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We had experience from previous Projects with Skelia. So we already had a great collaboration.

Describe the project in detail.

The Project "Companion App" built a mobile app for Android and iOS and it was used by Thomas Cook in UK, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. The app is still used in all countries except UK. More than 50% of the travellers use the mobile app on the trip. We sell approx 5% of all trips in the app.

What was the team composition?

The team was approx. 20 persons in Stockholm and in Ukraine Skelia had 12 testers and tdevelopers for Android and iOS. Backend deveoplemt, Product owners and management was in Sweden and UK.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

We had a rating of 4.5 in App stores for Android and iOS in 2019. More than 50% of our travelling guests used the app on the vacation with Thomas Cook. We sold 5% of all trips in the app without marketing, the app was focused on "usage on the trip". A lot of persons cntinued to use the app after the trip and booked again.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

We had a great communication with Skelia HR department so the Skelia team was self-driven. We also had senior Tech leads in the team taking care of the scrum master role and leading the local team in Ukraine.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Skelia has a great way to make developers grow in the team and also makes a lot of team activities so the development team was engaged and happy.

Are there any areas for improvement?

Some developers cpuld improve the skill in English language. This is something they already have a plan for.

5.0
Overall Score It is a pleasure to work with Skelia because they are engaged and want to go the extra mile...
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The cost for a developer is lower compared to UK or Sweden
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The delivery from the team was great!
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    We got a lot of friends at Skelia, some developers stayed over weekends to have fun together outside the work project.

Dev Staff Augmentation for Flight & Hotels Management System

"They are very professional and are always interested in understanding the problem that we are solving."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Dec. 2016 - Jan. 2020
Project summary: 

To scale and augment internal development teams, Skelia provided resources to help develop a travel system for businesses to manage flights and hotels. The tech stack includes AngularJS, C#, SQL, and RabbitMQ.

The Reviewer
 
1,001-5,000 Employees
 
Stockholm, Sweden
Daniel Dandemar
Tech Manager, Nordic Leisure Travel Group
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Skelia has helped deliver on a major project along with some minor ones. They're able to adapt well to client feedback and treat the relationship as a two-way street. If demand requires more resources, they're able to source additional qualified talent.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I'm tech manager for two teams at NLTG (Nordic Leisure Travel Group - former Thomas Cook Northern Europe) in the Travel Industry. Both teams are focused on developing and maintaining systems to support yielding and handling prices.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Skelia?

Quickly scale up teams. We have several project that are of high priority that we want to develop and this was one solution to manage that.

What were your goals for this project?

Development of a system for yielding flights and hotels. The system allows the business to adjust prices and also automatically adjust flight prices depending on different rules.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

Our owner in UK had already worked with Skelia for several years and the connection had already been made. We needed to scale up and suggestions was to involve Skelia in that part.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

Develop system for yielding prices for hotel and flights. The solution was developed in AngularJS, C#, SQL and RabbitMQ.

What was the team composition?

Three senior full stack developer and one QA. The Skelia team was also responsible for the scrum master role in that team. The team worked tightly together with business analyst and application architect from our employees at NLTG.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

The Skelia team has been part of our team since December 2016 and delivered one big project and some minor projects. Deliveries has been on time and the quality has been good.

They adapted to our ways of working without any problem and has also through the years given us suggestions of improvements. It's been a two way communication which we appreciate. Skelia takes good care of our relationship.

Besides the usual contact there's a yearly performance review together with each member. When we needed new members in the team during the years due to parental leave or when a member was changing to another of our Skelia teams the recruitment of new members went very smooth. Good pre check of skills and we never had to turn any of the suggested candidates down.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

Self-going but asks questions when in need. Working agile and are quick to adopt changes. We communicated via email, teams/skype, Azure Devops, daily stand ups on teams/skype and weekly planning on teams/skype.

We also visited Skelia in Ukraine as well as Skelia visited us. All communication was in English and we have had no problems in our communication.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

They are very professional and are always interested in understanding the problem that we are solving. Asks good questions to understand the small and big picture. Also making suggestions of improvements or alternative solutions.

Are there any areas for improvement?

No, there’s nothing that I can think of.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Managed IT Services for IT Offshoring Company

“They did about 2,000 tasks a month...”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Oct. 2014 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Skelia provides managed IT services, working on a variety of services such as server patching, new service installation, upgrades, and virtualizations. They also work on the wireless network.

The Reviewer
 
1001-10,000 Employees
 
Belgium
Dominique Pierard
Operations Manager of Offshore Activities, RealDolmen/GFI
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The team delivered more than 99% of their tickets on time, with the vast majority fully addressed and requiring no further attention. They manage the work well, quickly respond to any changes and new proposals, and ensure that they address all issues on time.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the operations manager for the nearshore operations at RealDolmen, an ICT provider.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Skelia?

We needed help with the managed IT services that we offer to our customers.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Their people are part of the teams that serviced our customers, providing the same managed IT services as our engineers in Belgium, but from the nearshore location. They do server patching, install new services, upgrade services, work on virtualization, and do everything in the cloud-like Azure. They do networking, security, and a whole range of IT related services, also setting up our wireless network.

What is the team composition?

The governance was conducted by Olivia (Chief Human Resources Officer, Skelia) while Maria (Team Leader, Skelia) was responsible for the day-to-day operations. There was a client partner who addressed any issues, a recruitment department,. We also had a resource coordinator that made sure that people were assigned to the different tasks and a process coordinator.

How did you come to work with Skelia?

We were working with them prior to my start on the project. They had the capabilities and had already visited the locations, as well as good experience.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in October 2014 and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

They did about 2,000 tasks a month and more than 99.5% of those were on time. I consider that a success. They measured the number of tickets that were handled in the nearshore location and sent to the Belgium location. 70% of those tickets never came back to the Belgium location, which was very good.

How did Skelia perform from a project management standpoint?

Project management is very good. If we had scope changes or updates, they were always very quick in making a new proposal and handling the decision. We communicate via email, with a ticketing system to track trainings and visits.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re very direct and we can talk to them 24/7. When we send an email, we receive an answer very quickly.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, there’s nothing they need to improve. The reason we’re ending our work with them in November is because we’re integrating those services within the group. If we hadn’t become part of a bigger group, we would have stayed working with Skelia.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

No.

5.0
Overall Score The collaboration was very good.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    I’d give them more than 5 if I could.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Process Automation for Industrial Automation Organization

"The experience up until now has been very positive."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$1,000,000 - $9,999,999
 
Aug. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Skelia augmented an industrial automation company's staff with a group of highly skilled engineers. Their team works with the IT infrastructure and coding for various infrastructural automation processes. 

The Reviewer
 
201-500 Employees
 
Antwerp, Belgium
Guillaume Hallaert
Hardware Teamleader, Agidens
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The vendor provided a very motivated and hardworking team, stemming from a strong hiring process. Skelia's team provides a strong ROI and works quickly. Their communication skills and willingness to learn are impressive. 

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m a hardware team leader at Agidens, an industrial automation organization.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Skelia?

We needed additional resources for the hardware engineering and design department. We looked for strong technical profiles with a love for hardware engineering.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

When we are hired to automate a bridge, for example, we're required to look after the functionalities of the engine. That includes bridge movement, signalization, lighting, etc. To accomplish this engineering task, Skelia provided skilled people to pick the right materials, create the correct designs, and make everything is functioning properly. They also work with process automation so that, for example, bridges are controlled and run via automated systems.

Most of the time, our IT infrastructure is custom-built. Every installation that we get to automate is different than the one before. We're more of an R&D company than a company that alters existing software.

We mostly use C#. We need their team to be constantly available because the breakdown of a structure like this is very expensive. Safety is also extremely important. These installations are placed within public spaces for everyone to access. Implementing safety is thus a very important part of the philosophy that we’re trying to build in our systems.

What is the team composition?

The top layer of the team is primarily developers. The lower layers are proof of concept (POC) engineers that make user interfaces. We have over 15 people working for us and are still looking to expand our business with them.

How did you come to work with Skelia?

Skelia promised us a good recruiting service. The quality of profiles that we were provided via the first selection process was very good. They do some preselection for us and we get profiles that are very suitable for the roles that we ask for. Putting them on our payroll is also very easy because they take care of all the technical stuff. They make sure they have the correct infrastructure, have a proper desk, and have a well-equipped office. They offer a very good service package.

How much have you invested with them?

1,000–1,500 euros ($1090–$1690 USD) per person working for us on top of their wages. The whole project is over $1 million.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in August 2017 and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

At first, it was an investment when we started with them. We needed to make sure Skelia’s team worked the way we wanted them to. After six months of work, the investment paid off. The people that are working for us are very motivated and hard-working. In electrical design, it easily saves us 30-35%. For development, it saves 10% tops but they significantly improve efficiency. The experience up until now has been very positive.

How did Skelia perform from a project management standpoint?

I was pleasantly surprised by how good their communication skills are. Their work ethic is very close to ours. It’s very easy to work with them. We started off with email communication. As they grew in numbers, we set up OneNote and we have a SharePoint that we use.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They are very motivated. Skelia does a great job with preselection.

Are there any areas they could improve?

We had to do a lot of training because the profiles we needed were a little different from what they were used to. If they had some way of first installing the lessons learned from other customers that they could have shared, that would be good. However, now they have the experience. Otherwise, it’s been a pleasure to work with them.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Custom Software Dev for Fintech Platform

“There’s a strong bond that’s grown organically because of the perfect communication.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Jan. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Skelia serves as a nearshore extension of a software company’s development team. They’ve assisted in developing the application, presentation and data layers of the database, utilizing SQL, .NET, C#, and more.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Belgium
Steven Hackars
Product Director, c-Quilibrium
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Skelia understands the team’s precise requirements to deliver phenomenal work. They define the clients’ needs before providing them and maintain efficiency without compromising quality. They’ve proven to be an indispensable partner and the client’s only regret is not hiring them earlier.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the founder of c-Quilibrium, which has developed an enterprise platform used in the financial sector to manage cash supply chains. We’ve created a software methodology that allows banks and cash transport companies to manage and optimize the cash that’s being transported.

Our head office is in Belgium, but we’re expanding towards Latin America, North Africa, and parts of Central and Eastern Europe.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Skelia?

We were looking for a partner who could independently function as our development department. We were looking to nearshore a reliable company in Belgium who could guarantee a talented team at a reasonable price. We had very long-term ambitions that were becoming impossible to realize within our current climate.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Skelia was tasked with architecting and developing for the application, presentation, and data layers of the software. At the start of the engagement, we’d already been in business for 18 years, so we could provide a lot of information—making it a fluid transition.

The database utilizes SQL Server, and the application and presentation layers are created in .NET and C#. The typical architecture for our UI is based on MVC patterns. We use ASP.NET Razor on the frontend, and parts of our architecture are microkernel-oriented.

What is the team composition?

The team contains one person responsible for all operational account management, an HR manager, and a developer.

How did you come to work with Skelia?

We looked at a few nearshoring companies offering what we called an “extended enterprise role”, meaning that they could set up a specific development team that would work exclusively for us. That would allow us to nurture the supplementary team and guarantee its continuity.

We chose them based on the uniqueness of their model—an extended enterprise model—and the high level of service they provide us.

How much have you invested with them?

It’s been around $220,000 to date, but I think we’re going to expand well beyond that.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Skelia in January 2018 and it’s an ongoing engagement.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

Skelia did a brilliant job of absorbing the required information, collecting all that they needed to know to get started rapidly. They’ve recently ensured that, despite the redevelopment of a core platform feature, we’re still staying 25% below budget. They’re able to deliver according to our projections and estimates.

The first developer that we contracted had three major assets: the maturity and stability we needed to get started, the architectural expertise to be a great leader, and the social skills to build a team around him. This member ended up being the seed of the entire project.

Skelia has taken extremely good care of our relationship with the customers. They’ve also taken very good care of my team. They’ve had excellent insights into the dynamics of how such a team should function.

How did Skelia perform from a project management standpoint?

The communication has been brilliant. Although my team is located abroad, we immediately discuss any issue that comes up. We’ve developed a clear and open common dictionary to make communication extremely fluid.

In terms of meeting deadlines, they’ve never missed one. Despite their efficiency and punctuality, they don’t compromise quality, either.

We use Jira for project management, as well as Skype and Microsoft Teams. My Belgian team almost has 4–5 hours of direct communication with Skelia’s team per day. It’s like they’re just next door and our interpersonal relationships reflect that. There’s a strong bond that’s grown organically because of the perfect communication.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their high-quality resources, their excellent account management are two distinguishing factors. There’s a difference between what the customer wants and what they need. In light of that, Skelia was diplomatic but effective in defining what we needed and then immediately providing it. That’s an enormous asset: they really understand their customers.

Also, since we work mostly with the developers, we sometimes forget that there’s an HR department taking great care of these guys. They’re not very visible, but they ensure an extreme level of well-being for everyone.

Are there any areas they could improve?

There’s nothing I could mention as an improvement for Skelia. I wish I had engaged them earlier.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

QA Testing for Sales Enablement Platform

"After several years, they’ve proven that they deliver quality work in the context that we use them."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Jul. 2011 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Because of a lack of resources, Skelia’s team of QA engineers were hired for manual and automated testing. Their team works remotely on a variety of QA tasks.

The Reviewer
 
200-999
 
Ghent, Belgium
Chris De Mol
Engineering Program Director, Showpad
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Skelia’s skilled team and efficient workflow has led to continued engagement. They fit as part of the internal team. Their proactiveness was noteworthy. They’re flexible, communicative, and insightful.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the engineering program director for Showpad, a sales enablement tool that’s typically a SaaS solution.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Skelia?

Our company needed QA testing services. It is hard to find the right talent here in Belgium or even in the US and Poland, where we also have sites.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Skelia deploys QA engineers for manual and automated testing. They originally started only as manual testers, but over time, their services expanded. We wanted our engineers to focus on operations, not testing.

What is the team composition?

Generally, we work with around ten people, but that depends on the workload. Since there a team of remote employees, we work directly with the engineers because there is no management overhead.

How did you come to work with Skelia?

When I started at Showpad, Skelia was already on board as a partner.

How much have you invested in them?

In total, we’ve spent between $50,000–$199,999. We agreed to review the currency rate between Euros and dollars yearly, and based on that, the rate is modified based on the current currency we have. There’s a daily fee per QA engineer, depending on skill and experience.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our engagement with Skelia began in July 2011.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

We work with Skelia because they provide great QA profile candidates and engineers we can’t find in the local market. The selection of those candidates is made in a similar way we do internally. Our team is involved in that discussion and integrate them as if they’re remote employees of Showpad. They’ve become valuable team members to us. The QA testers have their own dedicated email address and have access to all the systems that all of our engineers have, which is highly appreciated by them.

How did Skelia perform from a project management standpoint?

Skelia’s team is part of our daily stand up meetings. I can’t remember any performance issues with any of the candidates. The team at Skelia is proactive in asking for feedback, visiting every six to nine months for a performance review. They also check to see what our needs are to help us all better align. If there’s a need for extra people, we try to give as much insight as possible so that they can find the right candidates on time.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The main motivation of working with Skelia wasn’t the cost, but having the right people on board to do the projects we wanted. After several years, they’ve proven that they deliver quality work in the context that we use them.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They ask me that question every six months, and to be honest, we’ve been satisfied with their services. The fact that I can’t come up with anything is significant.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Mobile App Dev for Publishing Company

They understand the importance of a harmonious business relationship.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
July 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Skelia initially came onboard to fix a poorly built mobile app. They renovated the backend and developed an API. Since then, they’ve rewritten the frontend from the ground up and added various payment features.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
IT Manager, Publishing Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Skelia delivered scalable code and a reliable API within a tight timeframe. They’ve since expanded the scope of the partnership by ensuring predictable outcomes and stable software. Beyond their technical expertise, the solution-oriented and innovative team maintains a transparent business model. This review was originally 4-stars overall. It was updated by the client on May 19, 2020.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We’re a small publishing company that exclusively distributes print and visual media created by a public figure. As a contracted project manager, I oversee the company’s ongoing website and mobile app development.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Skelia?

The development company that we originally hired to build our mobile app were making careless mistakes on the backend, so we needed to find a reliable developer to fix their errors.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Skelia initiated the process by scanning for problems on the backend. Within a few days, they discovered issues that our other web vendor overlooked for five months. After completing the analysis, they began developing an API to support one of the mobile app’s new features. Two of their .Net developers developed the infrastructure, while another developer scripted the container system to enhance scalability. A junior developer worked on the APIs frontend data integration.  

What is the team composition?

They assigned two alternating project managers and four developers.

How did you come to work with Skelia?

Our business manager was familiar with their owner, so we interviewed them to see if they would be a good fit. Impressed by their transparent business model and technical acuity, we decided to bring them on board.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent about $40,000 to build the API.

What is the status of this engagement?

They started working with us in 2018. The API is complete, but we’re in negotiations for an ongoing contract with Skelia.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

While the API that they implemented on the app isn’t the most complex feature, it is the most reliable. Their work is easily scalable, their code is well-documented, and their repositories are clean.

How did Skelia perform from a project management standpoint?

We only gave them a small amount of time to build the API, so they leveraged their external resources to expand their team. When one project manager was absent, the alternate was able to step in without disrupting the workflow. In addition to holding weekly meetings, they produced deliverables every two weeks to meet the final deadline.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Skelia is comprised of an incredible team of architects, but their greatest strength lies in their transparent business model. They understand the importance of a harmonious business relationship. Their philosophies aligned perfectly with our business goals.

Are there any areas they could improve?

There was an issue with conflicting invoices, but they We had a problem with conflicting invoices, but they cleared it up quickly. The project was too small to notice any other difficulties.

Updated Review

This review was updated by the client on Month DAY, YEAR. The original star ratings were: Overall - 4, Quality - 4, Schedule - 5 Cost - 4, NPS - 5. New content is below:

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

TimelessToday LLC provides a video subscription service. I am the I.T. Manager

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Skelia?

To replace very badly written software.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Firstly to replace existing payment system, then add features such as Apple in-app purchase, Chromecast, Google in-app purchase and finally rewrite the application from the ground up.

What is the team dynamic?

The I.T. team in TimelessToday works directly with the Skelia developers (3) to specify, test, and deploy application features

How did you come to work with Skelia?

Recommendation from the TimelessToday CEO

How much have you invested with them?

$220k

What is the status of this engagement?

Current

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

How did your relationship with the vendor evolve?

From an initial contract with one Skelia developer to do remedial work, the project expanded to 3 developers. 

How did Skelia address the challenges that arose?

Skelia spent time with the original development company to understand the applications and architecture. From there they worked with the TimelessToday team to analyze and resolve issues.

Describe the impact this engagement has had on your business.

The software is more stable, outcomes more predictable. 

How was project management handled?

TimelessToday I.T. team were the project managers.

Is there anything that the vendor did well or that you would consider a strength?

Clear thinking and innovative solutions to problems. Also they were not put off by the  bad quality of the original code. They addressed the issues head on.

In what specific areas can they improve?

Better documentation.

What advice do you have for clients with similar needs to yours?

1.    Make sure you have someone  on your team with deep technical knowledge
2.    Work as closely as possible with the developers so that misunderstandings can be avoided early.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Architecture Redesign for Irrigation Platform

“They’re extremely educated … [and] much better than the past companies we’ve worked with.”

Quality: 
3.0
Schedule: 
3.0
Cost: 
3.0
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
$1,000,000 - $9,999,999
 
Oct. 2014 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Skelia updated an existing platform, transitioning to a microservices architecture. They updated the algorithm and scheduling engine and are currently doing testing and maintenance.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Novato, California
Kevin Heverin
Director of Marketing and Product Management, ETwater
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Skelia is responsive and communicative, holding weekly meetings for project updates. The end clients are excited to use the new platform, which should provide valuable cost savings. Although the team could be more available, they’ve been an understanding and effective partner.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the director of marketing and product management for ETwater, a cloud-based irrigation system. It takes environmental data from multiple sources and adjusts landscape watering schedules based on weather changes.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Skelia?

Our legacy system was reaching maturity, and we needed a partner to help us reengineer our core technology to incorporate advances in programming.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Skelia did a complete architectural overhaul of our system, using Java. They transitioned us from a standard architecture to a microservices architecture. They enhanced our scheduling engine and improved our algorithm; our platform can now change both the frequency and duration of watering based on changes in the weather. The new platform is in beta, and Skelia manages maintenance and updates.

What is the team composition?

They provide a project manager, four backend developers, and two engineers for the frontend and UI.

How did you come to work with Skelia?

We found them through LinkedIn.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent over $1 million.

What is the status of this engagement?

We partnered in October 2014, and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

Two of our major enterprise accounts have transitioned their water management to our new platform and are excited for the enhanced functionality and cost savings.

How did Skelia perform from a project management standpoint?

We have weekly meetings with the project manager and have direct access to their engineering staff. We frequently Skype, too.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re extremely educated, comparable to Silicon Valley engineering and experience. They’re much better than the past companies we’ve worked with.

Are there any areas they could improve?

The should have more post-release availability and be more proactive in fixing bugs once the product goes live.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

Thoroughly explain your business and programming goals so that they understand what your product will be used for.

5.0
Overall Score They've been an excellent partner and are considerate of our own struggles and changes.
  • 3.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They haven’t been as available as we’d like, but it’s improving.
  • 3.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They’re a fair cost, and we’re trying to derive greater value from them.
  • 3.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They’ve often had to revisit the original specs to meet our expectations.
  • 4.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I'd absolutely recommend them.

Dev Partnership with IT Consulting Firm

“They were able to immediately add value to the project.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
April 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Skelia provides outsourced development services, supplying additional resources to two different teams. They work on Hybris SAP e-commerce development and Java development.

The Reviewer
 
1001- 5000 Employees
 
Belgium
Christoph Bogaerts
Solution Owner, Delaware Consulting
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Their development efforts produce excellent results for the end client, with good quality deliverables and requests to grow the team. Though they could increase transparency in their procedures, overall they are quick, reliable, and technically sound.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Delaware is an international company, providing everything from strategy to 24/7 support. We’re primarily SAP and Microsoft vendors, and we provide customer experience solutions, from CRM and marketing applications to B2B and B2C e-commerce applications. I’m responsible for the SAP customer engagement and commerce solution.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Skelia?

We’re looking for a company that could provide us with nearshore resources, and we needed the ability to train those resources. They had to be the same quality level as local ones. Skelia also offered testing for customers, with a dedicated testing team and a lab, which we didn’t have at all, which was another interesting aspect.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We’re using them on two main aspects: Hybris SAP e-commerce development and pure Java development. For the Hybris part, their resources were added as an extension to our development team. We handle the project management, while they take care of the implementation, as part of the bigger team.

What is the team composition?

We have two developers for one customer, and five for another. We’re working closely with a couple of other people from their team, one of whom is a liaison who coordinates the entire administration. She enters our tasks into the timesheets and facilitates interviews with new candidates. We’ve also been in contact with their HR manager for the yearly reviews of our resources.

How did you come to work with Skelia?

When I met Patrik (CEO, Skelia), he was already in contact with one of our partners. We had a meeting and started our first project.

We’re located in Belgium, and they’re primarily in Poland and Ukraine, with only a one-hour difference. It’s easy to work with them and they have cheaper resources, which was an important requirement for us.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent $400,000 so far.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Skelia in April 2017, and it’s an ongoing engagement.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

One of our top five customers is working with two people from Skelia, who’ve provided us with really good quality. They got in-line with our procedures quickly, and they were able to immediately add value to the project.

For our second customer, we started out with two developers as well. The customer told us that those two people were providing the same amount of work as 10 others from elsewhere. We’ve increased the team for that customer to five people as our clients are very satisfied with the quality of the work.

How did Skelia perform from a project management standpoint?

The communication between the teams is very positive. They adapted to our own communications standards, they’re proactive, and they’re quick to provide responses to our questions.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The thing that really amazed me is the speed with which they find new resources. In one case, we only had one or two days to provide a new resource to a customer, and they were able to deliver extremely fast. I haven’t seen that with another company yet. They also have a very qualitative profile, which isn’t easy in this market.

Are there any areas they could improve?

More transparency on their salaries would be an improvement. We discuss this at the beginning of contracts, but they could make a better overview of all the people working for us. That would take care of some of the administration, and it would help other clients.

Something else they could do is every three months or so, provide us some sample résumés from the market to see if we’d be interested in them.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

No.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
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Business Entity
Business Entity Name
Skelia sarl
Status
Active
Jurisdiction of Formation
Luxembourg
ID
B133392
Date of Formation
Nov 20, 2011
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Very Low Risk
Last Updated
May 11, 2020
Client Reviews
VERIFIED CLIENT REVIEWS
16
OVERALL REVIEW RATING
4.8
Source
Clutch
LAST UPDATED
April 24, 2020